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Supported by the NSW Ageing and Disability Commission (ADC) this curated knowledge hub brings together policy and research resources on the topics of protecting and promoting the rights of older people, adults with disability, and children and young people in out of home care settings...
Designed to improve policies and practices to enable people with a disability across Australia to participate fully in society, the Disability Research Collection contains resources by, and is for, policy-makers, researchers, advocacy organisations, disabled people’s organisations, service providers and practitioners as well as people with...

The logic for reform: employment for people with intellectual disability in Australia

This paper is an overview of research undertaken by the Centre for Social Impact related to the employment needs of people with disability over several years, in addition to a substantial body of research related to social enterprise.

Understanding the elements of employment support

This paper explains the range of employment supports that should be available for people with disabilities, and the extent to which they are provided in the current system.

The ADE Snapshot

This paper collates the existing data available about Australian Disability Enterprises, adding new data to identify the current state of the ADE sector.

Understanding the employment ecosystem for people with intellectual disability

This paper provides an overview of the employment ecosystem which constructs access to employment supports for people with disability.

School Leaver Employment Support (SLES) – reshaping the approach

This paper collates the existing data available on School Leaver Employment Supports, and on the experiences of young people with intellectual disability seeking school to work transition. It identifies employment support needs aligned to best practice evidence.

The WISE-Ability Model

This paper presents a new model for Australian Disability Enterprises: the WISE-Ability model. The model articulates the organisational elements that build capacity of employees including pathways to open employment. The paper also identifies data from research about the funding barriers to transitioning employees from ADEs...

Taxi troubles: the experiences of people with disability and taxis in NSW

This report of an online survey on the experiences of people with disability using taxi services provides clear evidence that the point-to-point transport network is not meeting the needs of its users, and that industry practices are in fact, are actively discouraging people with disability...
Briefing paper

Yooralla's Hospital to Home (H2H) Program

Yooralla’s experience indicates that the ‘Pathways to Home’ Program is a successful model for supporting people to live in a home-like environment while awaiting permanent supports.
Research Summary

The compelling case for disability employment in Australia

This research looks at prevalent fallacies about disability employment and examines the benefits reaped by those businesses embracing disability inclusion.

Senate Select Committee on Work and Care: final report

This final report from the Senate Select Committee on Work and Care draws on 11 days of hearings across Australia, as well as 125 published submissions. The issue of predictable pay and working hours has emerged as an important and significant issue in the inquiry...

Outcomes associated with ‘inclusive’, ‘segregated’ and ‘integrated’ settings for people with disability

Other authors
Matthew Harrison, Victor Sojo, Claire Spivakovsky, Lindsey Gale, Anna Genat, Tessa Zirnsak
This research report was commissioned and funded by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. The report analyses evidence of outcomes associated with ‘inclusive’, ‘segregated’ and ‘integrated’ settings as they apply to the safeguarding of people with disability in...

COVID-19 risk among disabled people

This report outlines a recent analysis undertaken by the Public Health Agency, regarding burden of COVID-19 disease in the disabled population who receive Disability Support Services (DSS).

What makes inclusive communities? Meanings, tensions, change needed

This report presents finding from the first stage of the multi year, Planning Inclusive Communities Research Project. 97 participants, aged 9 to 92 years of age, shared their thoughts, experiences, and ideas of what makes communities inclusive, their current experiences of living in their communities...

Australia’s disability strategy 2021–2031 outcomes framework: first annual report

This first annual report for the Australia’s Disability Strategy Outcomes Framework provides an overview of all measures being tracked under Australia’s Disability Strategy at ‘baseline’ – that is, when the strategy began in December 2021.

Improving employment outcomes for young people with disability

Pathways to Employment (P2E) was a small, proof-of-concept trial to test the efficacy of mainstream employment pathway support for young people in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Despite implementation constraints associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, this evaluation shows that the P2E trial generated encouraging...

Economic cost of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability

Other authors
Kirsten Armstrong, Sarina Lacey, Grant Lian, David Qi, Nansi Richards, Tomas Berry
The Disability Royal Commission contracted Taylor Fry and the Centre for International Economics to cost violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation experienced by people with disability in Australia. This report documents the project’s findings, in line with the Commission's agreed scope of work.

Disability and screen work in Australia: report for industry

The findings of this research reflect the need to build greater understanding, transparency and accountability in order to fully include disabled workers in the Australian screen industry.
Journal article

Allied health workforce development for participant-led services: structures for student placements in the National Disability Insurance Scheme

This study explored shifting understandings and practices related to allied health student placements during the implementation of a participant-led funding model within the Australian disability sector: the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Hey! Hear me out

This project aimed to understand what helps, and what makes it hard for First Nations NDIS participants who are deaf or hard of hearing, to use their NDIS plans in a way that meet their needs and aspirations.

Exploring pathways for younger people living in residential aged care

Aged care services in Australia are provided based on need and, due to a range of circumstances, younger people (aged less than 65 years) are living in permanent residential aged care. Using linked data, this report explores a cohort of more than 27,900 younger people...

Diversity, dignity, equity and best practice: a framework for supported decision-making

This research aims to understand the significance of supported decision-making to the lives of people with cognitive disabilities, identify its essential elements common to anyone with cognitive disabilities in any context, and locate key implementation issues.

Own Motion Inquiry into Aspects of Supported Accommodation: inquiry report

The purpose of this inquiry was to enable the NDIS Commissioner to identify trends in issues that are occurring in supported accommodation, what is causing those issues, and how the NDIS Commission can use its powers to support the delivery of higher standards of support...
Discussion paper

DES quality framework

This discussion paper is part of a broader consultation process to guide the development of a new specialist disability employment services model to replace the current DES program from 1 July 2025.